It was a disastrous week for the Kansas City Royals 18-16). After the New York Yankees (23-13) completed their sweep of the Royals on Sunday by the score of 4-2, Kansas City dropped 6 of 7 games this week. The Royals scored a mere 23 runs for the week, and only scored 3 runs more than once in the six losses.
On the Mound
Ervin Santana, who had only 1 home run since his first start of the season, gave up 2 on Sunday. In 6.1 innings of work, he surrendered 4 runs on 8 hits. He only struck out 4. Tim Collins and Greg Holland combined to hold the Yankees scoreless for 2.3 innings in relief.
At the Plate
The Royals only scraped together 6 total hits on the day. Again, Alex Gordon was the only Royal with multiple hits. Jarrod Dyson and Elliot Johnson each double and scored in the game.
This and That
For the first time since April 18 are the Royals only 2 games over .500.
It was Gordon’s league leading 18th multi-hit game.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Slim pickings on Mother’s Day. Two hits and an RBI gives the nod to the only Royal who can still hit – Alex Gordon.
- James Shields – 4
- Alex Gordon – 7
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler – 2
- Ervin Santana – 3
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie -3
- Eric Hosmer
- Chris Getz
- Mike Moustakas - 3
- Aaron Crow
- Jarrod Dyson
Mariano Rivera saved his 37 game against the Royals and his 623rd overall. Robinson Cano hit his 10 home run Vernon Wells blasted his 9th. Hiroki Kuroda only served up 2 runs and 6 hits in 7.2 innings.
The Royals will try to get on track against the Angels at 9:05 when Luis Mendoza (0-2, 6.38 ERA) faces Joe Blanton (0-6, 5.66 ERA). The Angels have suffered their own struggles as they sport a record of 14-22 and their payroll certainly is much higher than the Royals.
AL Central Notes
Detroit Tigers (20-15): Former Royal Brayan Pena hit his second home run of the year in the 4-3 loss to the Indians on his way to a 3-hit game. He had 2 RBI on the day.
Cleveland Indians (20-15): The Indians beat the Tigers two straight games to forge a tie for first place in the AL Central.
Minnesota Twins (17-17): Scott Diamond got pounded by the Orioles. He gave up 6 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 5.2 innings. He didn’t strike out a single batter.
Chicago White Sox (15-20 ): Chris Sale threw a 1-hit, complete game shutout Sunday night against the Angels. Alex Ramirez went 3-4, scored on of the runs, and drove in the other 2 in the 3-0 win. I’m sure the Angels will be ready to take out their frustrations on the Royals Monday night.